4 years ago, I was in a very bad place, I did not have any income and I was out of shape, fast forward to this year, I lost a lot of weight ( still not at my ideal weight) and I am making good money, here are the 5 habit changes that improved my life.
5 Habit Changes That Improved My Life
Many self-help gurus will tell you to wake up at 5 am, perform your morning routine, talk a cold shower, read a book, and do a lot of other things. I did not do many of these things, these are the 5 things I did and changed my life.
Wake up and go to bed every day
For me, it is not about working up at 5 am, it is about going to bed at the same time every day and waking up at the same time.
I started going to bed at 11 pm and working up at 6 am every day, it does not matter if it is Monday, Wednesday, or Sunday, I wake up at 6 am.
I found this was a sweet spot for my body, I usually waked up energized and ready to start a day, interestingly enough, if I sleep less than that time I wake up sleepy and if I sleep more than that time I wake up tired.
Plan my day before going to bed
This is the real key to my life improvement, I used to wake up and not know what to do with my time.
The change I made is that before going to bed I will list everything I wanted to do the next day, starting with the most important task of the day.
So when I wake up, I know I will do this and if it is done I will do that, and so on, this way I do the most important task first and the least important task later in the day.
1 hour of deep work
This is very important especially if you have a daily job as I did, the issue is that if you have a 9-5, you will spend all day in your job and when you go back home, there is no energy left to do anything.
So what I decided to do is to dedicate 1 hour every day for deep work, this could be writing an email to send to my list, writing a blog post, creating an Instagram post, etc.
I started my day job at 8 am, so if I worked up at 6 am ( most of the time 15 minutes before), I would jump and start doing my deep work without even drinking coffee (actually I do not like coffee very much).
Then between 7 am and 7:30 am to prepare myself, just take a shower and have a quick breakfast ( usually boiled eggs) and then go to work.
This helped me to build my side hustle and improved my finances a lot.
No social media until noon
Most of us are addicted to social media, we have access to it 24/7 and we spend all day scrolling through our phone.
So I had this rule for myself, no social media before midday, sometimes even I left a phone at home and went to work without one.
This habit helped me to remove distractions and focus only on things that mattered to me.
30 minutes of walking
This started one day I was carrying my 1-year-old son, after carrying him for a few minutes I started feeling pain, and I knew I had to change something.
So what I did was I decided I will go for a walk every day for at least 30 minutes every day, and on weekends for at least 2 hours.
The results were amazing, I lost more than 20 kg between January and May, and the transformation was real, even though I am not yet to reach my weight loss goals, I feel great and I have a lot of energy and the most important, I can carry a baby without feeling the pain on my arms.
These are the 5 habit changes that improved my life, what are you doing to improve your life? Let me know in the comment below.